LETTER: What is a dangerous offender?

This criminal has learned that our courts don’t seriously object if he breaks into vehicles, steals them and smashes them.

Your May 27 issue informed readers of a 31-year-old man whose hobby is stealing and, at times, smashing cars.

Since 1977, Canada’s Criminal Code has had a section dealing with “dangerous offenders.” Usually this designation is reserved for the most violent criminals or sexual offenders. Perhaps the concept can be stretched to include our repetitious joyrider.

This veteran already had more than 80 prior convictions before his recent crime. He meets the quantity prerequisite.

In addition to his more than 80 convictions, he is currently charged with dangerous driving and assault with a weapon.

Our Criminal Code states that a “dangerous offender” must have had three or more repeat offences. Our nominee has more than 80 offences. Also, doubtless more than three involved major violence on locked cars.

In his first 13 years as an adult, this scoundrel has committed more than 80 crimes! What does it take to be considered a dangerous offender – 100 smashed cars? 200? One a day?

This criminal has learned that our courts don’t seriously object if he breaks into vehicles, steals them and smashes them.

We do.

Let’s get serious. Maybe this thief gets one more chance. Maybe. Either now or after one more crime this villain’s litany of evil is named for what it is. That’s my suggestion to the presiding judge.

John H. Redekop

Abbotsford